Living Faithfully in a Secular Culture: Tensions, Graces & Opportunities

Thursday May 11, 2023

7 pm – 9 pm Eastern or 7 pm – 9 pm Mountain

Canadian culture has become more secular in recent decades.  Often, such secularism is viewed problematically.  This presentation will: address current cultural qualities in an attempt to understand our Canadian context; the challenges and tensions this presents to people who want to live their faith; the gifts that are present in the secular culture and how God may be working in it; and the opportunities for hope at this time in terms of faith and ministry.

Presenter: Fr. Tony Bidgood C.Ss.R., BA (Hons.) MDiv, ThM, CSCP

Fr. Tony was born and raised in St. John’s, Newfoundland.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts – (Honours) from Memorial University of Newfoundland, a Masters of Divinity conjointly from the University of St. Michael’s College and the University of Toronto, and a Masters of Theology conjointly from Regis College and the University of Toronto.  He is a Certified Spiritual Care Practitioner through CASC (Canadian Association of Spiritual Care), as well as a Provisional Supervisor in the CPE stream with CASC. Tony is a member of the Redemptorists of the Province of Canada, and was ordained in 2007.Tony has worked extensively in healthcare chaplaincy in Ontario and, currently, in Newfoundland & Labrador.  He has also worked in  parish ministry across Canada. Currently, he coordinates the Redemptorist Adult Faith Formation Team (RAFFT) in the Archdiocese of St. John’s where he and two other Redemptorists work to enhance ongoing adult faith formation within the Archdiocese and also explore ways and means of dialoging and partnering with other spiritually seeking communities that are not aligned with any Church or denomination. To relax, Tony enjoys reading, listening to music, choir singing, cooking, camping, hiking, snow shoeing, travelling and spending time with family, confreres and friends.

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